Anti-corruption War: What #Magu’s Travails Portend
…..Nobody above Scrutiny – Presidency
The current travails of Ibrahim Magu,the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission may portend beginning of genuine prosecution of the anti-corruption war with more rigorous investigation and prosecution, administration sources have posited.
Sahel Standard was told that if Magu is removed eventually, the new leadership of the commission may ramp up prosecution of several cases rather than slow down on the litigation.
“I can see some people are happy with the Magu issue. Well if you have a pending case at EFCC, dont rejoice. A new head will push the anti-corruption war more vigorously. In fact ,the commission will become more fearsome”, the official noted.
Another opined that “the EFCC has a strong crop of officials who are eager to prove that the commission can work professionally. Magu’s exit will be an opportunity for them to prove that. So criminals will have no breathing space”, he said.
Meanwhile,the Presidency has declared that the ongoing probe of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, is an affirmation that nobody is above scrutiny as far as the Buhari’s administration is concerned.
According to facts made available to State House Correspondents on Tuesday, the interrogation of the anti-graft boss is to give him the opportunity to clear himself of weighty allegations against him.
According to the facts made available by a top official at the Presidency, the investigation of the EFCC boss was to reinforce the Buhari administration’s commitment to transparency and accountability.
The Presidency affirmed that the holder of an elevated office such as the Head of an anti-graft agency like the EFCC must be above suspicion.
The official assured that the administration will not prejudge anyone under investigation, as it could be counted on to uphold justice and fairness.
“The panel investigating allegations against Ag. EFCC Chairman had been sitting for some weeks now.
“In consonance with the principle of fairness and justice, it was needful that the Ag. Chairman be given opportunity to respond to the allegations, which are weighty in nature.
“Under the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, nobody is above scrutiny. Repeat: nobody. The investigation is to reinforce transparency and accountability, rather than to vitiate it,” the official emphasized.